by GREG KING
A new film festival has claimed space in Melbourne’s thriving and busy film festival calendar. Paracinema Fest hopes to open the city’s film lovers’ eyes to new boundary-pushing genre films embracing the wonderfully weird. Embracing all forms of transgressive visual media culture, Paracinema Fest is the mutation of high and low art, conjoining cinema academia with (not) guilty pleasure films and everything inbetween. Highlights include the Melbourne premiere of An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn starring Aubrey Plaza, Jemaine Clement, and Craig Robinson; the zombie apocalypse hits World War II in the high-powered, pulse-pounding thriller Overlord; young German director Tilman Singer’s unmissable thesis film Luz and much more! Parafest screens at the Classic, Lido and Cameo Cinemas from Thursday 29 November to Wednesday 5 December.
Greg speaks to Ben Buckingham, one of the festival organisers, to find out more about this new film festival.